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The Way for Worship at Trinity United Church of Christ

November 28, 2021  The First Sunday of Advent  11:00 a.m.

Gathering Music              Keep Awake            by Rev. Nathan King and Theresa Woody
    Keep awake, be Alert
    Reign of God is at hand.

Greeting and Announcements

Centering Music and lighting of altar candles

Responsive Intent
Can one be homesick for something you’ve never known?
 We are homesick for a just world, for peace like rivers, for the end of suffering.
Yes, we are homesick—
 for joy that is contagious, for nations that feel like neighbors, and for hospitals that run empty.
We are homesick for the world God promises.
 We are homesick, but we are on our way.
God is here. God is still creating.
 Let us worship Holy God.

Lighting of the Advent Candle
One: We hope for a world where all are fed.
Two: We hope for a world with more bridges than walls.
One: We hope for a world with wide open doors.
Two: We hope for a world with contagious laughter.
One: We hope for a world where trees grow tall and creeks run clean.
Two: We hope for a world where all people feel at home—in their bodies, in the church, in their physical homes.
One: We hope for that world.
Two: We long for that world.
One: We are homesick for that world.
Two: So today we light the candle of hope, because hope keeps our hearts alive as we wait.
One: May this light be a reminder that the wait is always worth it.
Two: We are close to home. May we carry hope with us. Amen.

Hymn          See Fig Trees Now Sprouting      Music by Praetorius      Text by Anna Strickland

Morning Prayer Concerns and Celebrations
Prayers of the People and Lord’s Prayer
Our Mother-Father, who art in heaven, hallowed be thy name.
Thy kingdom come. Thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven.
Give us this day our daily bread.
And forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors.
And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil.
For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, forever.

Instrumental Meditation


Hearing the Sacred Word

Sermon (with Anthem)                          Away From Home                             Rev. Nathan King
A Reading from the Epistles 1 Thessalonians 3:9-13
A Reading from the Gospels Luke 21:25-36


Giving of Our Gifts to God

Invitation to Offering

Offertory  and Bringing of Our Gifts              Wachet Auf (Sleepers, Wake)       by J.S. Bach

Praise Response                                                    Doxology

Prayer of Dedication


Going Forth with Good News

Chiming of the Trinity                          (In the name of the Creator, Christ and Holy Spirit)


Closing Song                         Make of My Heart a Stable                           by Amanda Udis-Kessler


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Celebrations in November & December

28 Michael F.
30 Jacob H.
1 Nancy R.
1 Yvonne T.
3 Codi C.



Prayer Concerns

– Justin
– Angela
– Leslie’s sister-in-law
– Friend of ours – Jennifer
– Kenneth R. and Kitty
– Jimmy A. father and brother
– Ron’s family
– Deborah N.’s daughter
– Loren & Emily
– Audrey M.
– Jimmy’s dad, and Jimmy
– Revs. Jerry and Marion R.
– Jim and Mary Barbara
– Lisa G.
– Pat L.
– David M.
– Ron C.



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